Tel: +43-1-811 13-0
Fax: +43-1-812 11-06
How to get there:
Schönbrunn is not far from the city centre and easy to get to by public transport:
Underground: U4 (green line), alight at Schönbrunn; tram: 10, 58, alight at Schönbrunn; bus: 10A, alight at Schönbrunn
The imperial palace of Schönbrunn with its ancillary buildings and extensive park and its long and momentous history is one of Austria's most important cultural monuments. ... More Classified as a listed monument, the whole ensemble including the palace, the park and its numerous architectural edifices, fountains and statues as well as the world's oldest zoo, was placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1997.
Inclusion in this list confirmed the significance of the palace and its park as a unique Baroque ensemble.
The World Cultural Heritage Site of Schönbrunn Palace with its park and gardens will take you into a world of imperial Baroque splendour. Inside the palace you can learn interesting facts about the imperial family, and you can enjoy the wide spaces of the park on a relaxing walk through the gardens.
The park and other attractions at Schönbrunn draw 6.5 million people a year, while the palace alone is toured by 1.2 visitors. (Tip: schedule your visit to the palace for the afternoon when it's likely to be less crowded.)
A total of 7.7 million visitors come to see the impressive palatial complex at Schönbrunn each year.
The palace park and its attractions:
The palace park
Around 1779 the palace park was opened to the public and has been a popular recreational area for Vienna's inhabitants and international visitors alike ever since. Extending 1.2 kilometres from east to west and 1 kilometre from north to south, the park offers ample scope for recreation.
The palace park is open all the year round and can be visited free of charge.
Attractions in the palace park:
Privy Garden Maze and Labyrinth Gloriette with panorama terrace Some of the attractions in the park at Schönbrunn are run by independent institutions and thus have different opening hours and charges. For more information please contact these institutions directly:
Schönbrunn Zoo (www.zoovienna.at)*) Palm House (www.bundesgaerten.at)*) Carriage Museum (www.khm.at/static/page157.html)*) Marionette Theatre (www.marionettentheater.at) Orangery (www.imagevienna.com) Palace Chapel (www.schlosskapelle.at) *) can also be visited with the combined ticket “Schönbrunn Gold Pass”.
The Imperial Furniture Collection • Vienna Furniture Museum
Tel: +43-1-524 33 57-0
Fax: +43-1-524 33 57-666
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm
The museum is wheelchair-accessible.
How to get there:
Located just off bustling Mariahilfer Strasse, the museum offers you a comprehensive tour of the interiors and furniture of past centuries. Completely redesigned in the 1990s, the museum is ideal for combining shopping and culture, lying directly on the orange underground line U3 (alight at Zieglergasse, take the Andreasgasse exit).
The museum is a rarity among Vienna's sights and an insider's tip. Visitors should allow at least an hour in order to view the approximately 4,000 exhibits on the museum's four floors. The objects displayed range from items of furniture used by all the Austrian emperors since Charles VI (the father of Maria Theresa), furniture by the Thonet Brothers to Jugendstil, the Viennese Modernist movement and contemporary Austrian architects and designers such as E.A. Plischke, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Luigi Blau and Franz West. The museum will open a new permanent exhibition of the furniture of the Empress Sisi as well as the film legend Sissi end of July.
The Imperial Furniture Collection is a "paradise for lovers of furniture and people with a professional interest in interior design". The museum has one of the largest collections of furniture worldwide. On display is furniture from five centuries: Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, the Josephine Age, Empire, Biedermeier, Historicism, Jugendstil and the Viennese Modernist movement. The major part of the exhibits derives from the holdings of the imperial court furniture depository founded by Maria Theresa.
The complex embraces the museum, restoration workshops and the offices of the Federal Furniture Administration, which is still responsible for the location and deployment of the furniture. The storerooms house furniture and fittings used on state occasions such as the red carpet rolled out whenever a foreign head of state pays an official visit to Austria, or the large numbers of red, white and gold chairs used at state receptions.
Visitors can dip into the history of furniture, interior design, developments in craftsmanship and technological changes, sit on original Biedermeier chairs and discover how the Habsburgs really lived: you'll find the Baroque gaming table used by Charles VI, eight chairs personally embroidered by Empress Maria Theresa and her daughters, the canaries named Biberl and Büberl and the gardening tools owned by Emperor Franz (II) I, the cot slept in by the children of Emperor Franz Joseph and Sisi, the 'escape cupboard' (a secret door camouflaged as a wardrobe) of the heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the furniture from the office of the last emperor of Austria, Karl I, and much, much more besides…. A visit to the Imperial Furniture Collection (like the Imperial Silver Collection) is the perfect complement to a tour of Schönbrunn Palace and the other Habsburg residences, especially as the wealth of exhibits displayed here conveys a vivid impression of the differing tastes of the Austrian monarchs over the ages.
Besides these historic pieces, there are also alcoves furnished as typical interiors to convey an impression of the atmosphere of Biedermeier lifestyle. The museum contains 15 of these Biedermeier alcoves, three Empire alcoves and three alcoves furnished in the Historicist style.
Besides the permanent furniture collection the museum also hosts two to three temporary special exhibitions on furniture design and photography each year. Information on the current special exhibitions can be found at www.hofmobiliendepot.at (exhibitions).
The shady interior courtyard provides welcome relaxation, especially in summer. And if after - or even while - looking at all that imperial furniture you start to hanker after imperial cuisine – then why not pay a visit to the Restaurant “Zum kaiserlichen Thron” (Imperial Throne Restaurant) run by master chefs Zhang & Deng. Their fine Sechzuan cuisine has been deemed worthy of one of the sought-after stars awarded by top gourmet restaurant guide Gault Millaut. But you can also take a seat in an original café interior from the 1950s and simply enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.
Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and Imperial Silver Collection in the Vienna Hofburg
Hofburg – Michaelerkuppel
Entrance: Michaelerkuppel (exit: Ballhausplatz)
Tel.: +43-1-533 75 70
Fax: +43-1-533 75 70-33
Opening hours: daily from 9 am to 5 pm (July and August: 9 am to 5.30 pm)
The museums are wheelchair-accessible.
The Hofburg, former residence of the Habsburgs, is located at the heart of Vienna and houses several museums, cultural institutions and state offices, including the offices of the Federal President of Austria.
How to get there:
On foot from the 1st district; the nearest underground station is U3 Herrengasse; tram: Lines 1, 2, D, J, alight at Burgring; bus: Lines 2A or 3A, alight at Hofburg.
By purchasing just one ticket you can visit three different museums. The best way to begin your tour is with the Imperial Silver Collection on the ground floor. Afterwards the Emperor's Stairway takes you up to the Sisi Museum which leads into the Imperial Apartments with the private suites of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth.
The entrance to the museums is directly under the Michaelerkuppel (the large dome over the entrance to the Hofburg opposite the end of the Kohlmarkt) and the exit is on Ballhausplatz (opposite the Federal Chancellery), which means that coats and bags cannot be left at a cloakroom or in a locker (we suggest you bring only light bags with you and postpone your visit to the museum shop until after your tour!). There are two shops at visitors' disposal: one on the ground floor and the other at the end of the tour.
Café Hofburg is also on the ground floor and can be visited during your tour – the ideal point on your tour being between the Imperial Silver Collection and the Sisi Museum (however, you will have to return your audio guides temporarily while you're in the café).
Audio guides are available free of charge in the following languages: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, Czech and Hungarian. They can be obtained from the desk immediately beside the entrance to the Imperial Silver Collection.
The Vienna Hofburg was the residence of the Habsburgs for over 600 years. The original medieval fortress was rebuilt several times and extended into a truly impressive complex of buildings embracing 18 wings and almost 2,600 rooms. Today 19 rooms in the former apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth are open to the public. Emperor Franz Joseph occupied his apartments from 1857 to his death in 1916.
Here the visitor enters the private sphere of the monarch's life. Franz Joseph regarded himself as the foremost official of state; his suite is sparsely furnished for an emperor and reflects his innate modesty of character.
Painstaking research and an active acquisitions programme mean that numerous personal objects are exhibited, conveying an authentic impression of the imperial couple's everyday life. In Franz Joseph's study is the well-known portrait of Empress Elisabeth by Franz Xaver Winterhalter depicting Sisi wearing her famous hair loose, one of the emperor's favourite portraits of his wife.
In the apartments of the empress, after the living-cum-bedroom, the visitor comes to the famous exercise-cum-dressing room, where the beauty-conscious empress spent many hours. A set of wall-bars and gymnastic rings attest to her love of physical exercise. Sisi was the first member of the imperial family to have a bathroom in the modern sense installed in her suite.
The tour concludes with a festively-decked table in the dining room which was used for family dinners.
Sisi Museum:The six rooms forming the Sisi Museum were opened on 24 April 2004 and are intended to convey a sensitive staging of Empress Elisabeth's personality in the historic surroundings of the Hofburg, exploring the origins of the "Sisi myth" and illuminating the historical personality of Elisabeth.The vicissitudes of her life and objects once owned by the empress bring home to the visitor how a carefree young girl from Bavaria became a restless, unapproachable and melancholic empress. The rigid constraints of court ceremonial, her cult of her own beauty, her obsessive dieting and reclusiveness present a stark contrast to scenes from the series of "Sissi" films starring Romy Schneider with their image of a popularly acclaimed, selflessly noble empress. The Sisi Museum presents a true-to-life picture far removed from the popular clichés about the empress. Examples of Empress Elisabeth's poetry provide the theme for each section of the museum.
Imperial Silver Collection:
This is the world's largest museum of objects associated with a courtly household. The exhibits all derive from the former Court Table and Silver Room and convey a vivid impression of the imperial household, court ceremonial and the culture of dining at the Habsburg court. An astonishing range of objects has been preserved, from utensils to decorative objects that are works of art in their own right. On the tour you will see saucepans from the imperial kitchens, moulds from the court confectionery, table linen from the court linen room, glass services, silver dinner services, porcelain from the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory as well as dinner services from the manufactories of Meissen, Sèvres and Herend, and impressive gilt-bronze centrepieces in a variety of styles – Gothic-Romantic, oriental or neo-Rococo. In addition there are many personal objects once owned by individual rulers, including the gold cutlery and cruet set belonging to Empress Maria Theresa or the silver travelling service used by Empress Elisabeth.
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